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March 18, 2019

Hartford, New Haven Schools Slow To Respond To FOI Test

by Christine Stuart | Mar 18, 2019 5:00am
Posted to: Education | FOIA | Sunshine Week | Town News | Berlin | Enfield | Hartford | New Haven | Transparency

HARTFORD, CT — Two of Connecticut’s largest school districts have so far failed to comply with requests for public information as part of a statewide test conducted by news organizations to mark Sunshine Week 2019.

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March 15, 2019

Municipal Leaders Divided Over Giving Schools Taxing Authority

by Jack Kramer | Mar 15, 2019 2:38pm
Posted to: Town News | Enfield | Norwich | South Windsor | Wilton | Local Politics

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HARTFORD, CT — It isn’t an unusual complaint from Connecticut town officials that even though the majority of a municipality’s budget is for education, they have no control over school expenditures.

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December 18, 2018

OP-ED | What Do We Do With Dead and Dying Malls?

by Susan Bigelow | Dec 18, 2018 6:00am
Posted to: The Economy | Retail Sector | Housing | Opinion | Enfield

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The tiny mall in my town survived through economic recessions and department-store closing and consolidation, but now the end is on the horizon. All of the anchors except for Target and the movie theater are gone, killed off by the retail apocalypse, and last week it was sold at auction. It’s a sad story being repeated all across the country.

So, now what? What do we do with this relic of a bygone way of life, this symbol of How It Used To Be?

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December 3, 2018

OP-ED | Transit in Connecticut is Great! ... When It Works

by Susan Bigelow | Dec 3, 2018 11:07pm
Posted to: Analysis | Jobs | Opinion | Transportation | Rail | East Hartford | Enfield

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Back in July, right after the opening of the new Hartford Line, I decided that I was going to do what I’d always wanted to do but never had been able to manage: commute to work using public transit. Over the next five months I re-learned the hard lessons transit riders everywhere know: transit is a dream when everything goes smoothly, and a nightmare when it doesn’t.

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June 21, 2018

OP-ED | The Train to the Future May Yet Stop Here

by Susan Bigelow | Jun 21, 2018 2:58pm
Posted to: Analysis | Economic Development | Jobs | Opinion | Transportation | Rail | Berlin | Enfield | Hartford | New Haven | Trade, Transportation, Utilities Sector

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I crammed myself aboard an Amtrak train with a few hundred of my closest friends this past weekend, rode down to Meriden to wander around the beautiful new Meriden Green, and then I boarded a standing-room-only CTRail train back to Windsor Locks. The Hartford Line was open at last, travel was free, and people were excited.

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June 19, 2018

Enfield Tries New Strategy To Battle Opioid Epidemic

by Jack Kramer | Jun 19, 2018 12:00pm
Posted to: Health Care | Mental Health Care | Law Enforcement | Public Health | Enfield | Manchester

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ENFIELD, CT — Many ideas have been tried to stem the drug crisis that took more than 1,000 lives in Connecticut in 2017. The latest is an innovative version of “Don’t ask, Don’t tell” being tried in the town of Enfield.

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June 11, 2018

New Haven-Hartford-Springfield Train Line To Debut

by Jack Kramer | Jun 11, 2018 4:00am
Posted to: Business | Economic Development | Jobs | Transportation | Rail | Berlin | Enfield | Hartford | Meriden | New Haven | Newington | North Haven | Wallingford | West Hartford | Windsor | Windsor Locks

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(Updated 11:00 p.m.) HARTFORD, CT — New rail service announcements have become routine as Connecticut’s reliance upon trains has increased over the years, but the debut of the $755 million Hartford Line has brought with it some added buzz.

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March 29, 2018

OP-ED | Students Restore Faith in the Future with ‘March For Our Lives’

by Barth Keck | Mar 29, 2018 5:30am
Posted to: Analysis | Child Welfare | Civil Liberties | Education | Opinion | Public Health | Public Safety | East Haddam | Enfield | Guilford | Hartford | Middlefield | Old Saybrook | Shelton | Stamford | Westport

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When I decided to quit my public-relations gig just six years out of college to become a high school English teacher, it was the best decision I could have made. That was 27 years ago, and teaching has been nothing short of challenging, inspiring, and rewarding.

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November 16, 2017

OP-ED | What’s There to be Thankful For, Anyway?

by Susan Bigelow | Nov 16, 2017 8:35am
Posted to: Analysis | Civil Liberties | Opinion | State Budget | White House | Enfield

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This has been an exhausting, dispiriting, bewildering, and painful 12 months. It’s only a year since the election, but we still haven’t begun to reckon with everything that we’ve lost, and with all the damage our egomaniacal liar of a president and all those demons who surround him have yet to do.

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November 7, 2017

Malloy Closes Another Prison As Inmate Population Declines

by Christine Stuart | Nov 7, 2017 5:23pm
Posted to: Civil Liberties | Courts | Jobs | Juvenile Justice | Law Enforcement | Legal | Public Safety | State Budget | Criminal Justice | Enfield

ctnewsjunkie file photo HARTFORD, CT — Gov. Dannel P. Malloy announced Tuesday that Enfield Correctional Institute will close in early 2018.

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